Extending ‘ceasefire’ for two more months will top the agenda of Home minister’s upcoming visit to Kashmir

Rajnath Singh will decide whether to extend the ceasefire or not during the upcoming visit.


Srinagar: Extending ‘unilateral ceasefire’ for two more months will top the agenda of the upcoming visit of Home minister Rajnath Singh to the state this week, top government officials told The Kashmir Press.

Singh is expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir for two day visit on June 07.

“The main purpose of his visit is to look for a scope of extending the ceasefire for two more months,” multiple officials told The Kashmir Press.

“For that matter, he would hold the meeting of multiple security agencies including police, army and other paramilitary officials, to take their feedback. He would review the security situation and will decide whether to extend the ceasefire by two more months”.

The officials said even if the government expects there is possibility of unilateral ceasefire, but the increasing militant attacks have posed a challenge before the security agencies.

“Militant attacks continue on daily basis. In fact, there has been a rise in the militant violence after security operations were stopped. During the meeting the overall review of the situation would make it clear what would be the next step,” officials said.

Delhi has announced a rare halt in security operations with the onset of the holy month of Ramzaan.

Apart from this, the union government has also offered talks to Hurriyat- who said they will only respond once the government of India will make its stand clear with respect to the talks.

“We expect that local government will talk with home minister about the political engagement with the hurriyat during his visit,” officials said.

Recently, Cheif minister Mehbooba Mufti has appealed the resistance leadership to cease the opportunity of dialogue with the Delhi and move forward.

Besides, the officials said Home minister will travel to the border district of Kupwara to review few developmental projects being undertaken as part of the Border Area Development Programme.

He will also visit to Jammu to take stock of the situation of border resident affected by the cross border shelling along the international border, they added.

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